Jussie Smollett performs at LA club days after Chicago attack

Lydia FlemingFeb 04, 2019

Almost a week after claiming he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack, Empire star Jussie Smollett made his first public appearance, standing tall and calling out the "motherf*ckers" whom police have still yet to arrest.

Smollett told police the men attacked him as he walked home in Chicago early Tuesday, throwing a chemical substance at him in addition to shouting slurs and putting the rope around his neck.

"Above all, I fought the f-k back", he said before ending the show. "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served", he said.

Smollett then took the stage, addressing the audience: "I have so many words on my heart". He also said he was not hospitalized and that his physicians in Los Angeles and Chicago had given him the green light to perform.

Added Jojo: "I wanted Jussie to sit this one out".

Some attempted to poke holes in Smollett's story by saying that he changed his original story, after he said in a follow-up interview with police that the two masked men who beat him shouted "MAGA Country" during the attack.

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Smollett took the stage at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, after an introduction from his older brother Joel, who called him "a true artist" and "the epitome of love".

Jussie Smollett is speaking out about the homophobic and racist attack he suffered in Chicago.

After reviewing hundreds of hours of footage, local police have so far failed to identify any suspects for the attack, while it emerged on Friday that Smollett had refused to turn over his cell phone records to investigators. They were not broken", he clarified. "I went to the doctor immediately... "I will always stand for love". He was accompanied at the concert by his siblings, including brother Jocqui, who told the crowd that "my family realized that tonight was an important part of Jussie's healing.... on behalf of the Smollett family, we are so proud of our brother".

"Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning", the statement read. "Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love and I hope you will all stand with me". He told him that he fought back against the attackers.

Earlier in the night, Smollett emotionally thanked his fans for coming to his show. "Soon I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process".

The TV star, who plays R&B singer Jamal Lyon on Empire, has received support and messages online from co-stars, celebrities and politicians. "Hurt people hurt people, they don't know why".

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